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Tuesday, February 17, 2004
posted by TheBroadroom.Net at 8:50 AM (Pacific)

Methodical, that's me :) My parents have always teased me about that...

Ah you see, thin lips might be good for bright lipstick (unless like my grandmother, your lips are so thin that they look like two lines) but thin lips can't work dark lipstick. Full lips can though because they won't disappear. I've always loved very dark lipstick but it makes my mouth disappear. Besides, I'm a smidge too pale for it. Maybe if I had black hair...


Monday, February 16, 2004
posted by TheBroadroom.Net at 5:47 PM (Pacific)

Wow...that is methodical.

Definitely--a small mouth can wear bright or intense lipstick, better than full lips. On mine, it's "too much." So, I'm jealous. :) You have much more versatility.

I would like to announce here, that we--thebroadroom.net--have recently acquired The Lipstick Page.

The new Lipstick Page

LP is an old love of mine. :) It is the first Internet beauty forum that I ever truly loved...okay I like MUA, I can admit that...and FOL is good too. But LP is where I've been since 1998.

Please feel free to go there and check it out. Registration and participation are free and the atmosphere is friendly!


Sunday, February 15, 2004
posted by TheBroadroom.Net at 9:45 AM (Pacific)

I really insist that I'm not the first to use flowers as inspiration. When I thought of it, I realized, "Of course! Artists have been using flowers and nature as inspiration forever!"

Haven't tried out the combo yet though. I'm still a bit afraid of eyeshadow. Also, I've been using each of my lipsticks and glosses with only mascara and blush and I want to finish with that before going back to eyeshadow. Two more lipsticks to go! It's been a fascinating journey. I've discovered some of my staples actually don't look that great with eyeshadow and that some that I never knew how to use really light up my face.

MAC Twig is a lipstick that's just a bit too brown for me. It works with eyeshadow but not without. Nars Dolce Vita is much better because it's more pink. Chanel Pin-Up glossimer, MAC Lust, MAC Prrr, and MAC Underage lipglasses as well as MAC Syrup lipstick also look best with eyeshadow. Granted, all of these are quite pale so they're very useful when doing a strong eye. It also explains why I used them a lot before. They're still very useful whereas MAC Twig is just plain too brown. I kinda still want to finish MAC Twig though because I'm so close to the end of it :) Won't repurchase it though.

Other than that, I've seen that bright lipsticks really light up my face. Bright reds and pinks mostly like UD Gash (both lipstick and lipgunk), MAC Redwood, Craving, Viva Glam IV, Acrylicka, Nars Fire Down Below and Captiva (more plum but very nice as a stain). I never thought a strong lip could work on me because I have a small mouth and thin lips but as long as the lipstick is bright rather than dark, it looks quite good.

Other discovery: when using a not too bright lipstick and only mascara on my eyes, I can use more blush. That's very pretty too. That works best with something like MAC Sophisto (my lips but better on me with a bit of sheen) or Maybelline Pink Diamonds. I love going heavier with something like L'Oreal gel blush in Rouge Glow (such a healthy look on me), Benefit Dandelion (nice and pink), or Nars Sin (love that flush).

When I finish up with the lipsticks, I'll go back to eyeshadow but I want to start out with washes. I want to see what each of my shadows looks like on its own. I may do the Gerbera daisy look at one point just to try it out but combinations won't be my focus at first. This is all part of the cleaning out of my stash process :) It'll give me a better idea of what it is that I have and what it does for me.

So you asked about the lustres... I have two: Sophisto and Syrup. Syrup is a light mauve pink. Pretty. Sophisto is, like I said, my lips but better. It's a pinkish-reddish but not bright colour. I don't detect any brown in it. And it has a gleam to it. Like there's shimmer in it but very little. It's like the lipstick glistens a bit on the lips. It gives an otherwise boring lipstick more punch.


Friday, February 13, 2004
posted by TheBroadroom.Net at 12:24 PM (Pacific)

Raphaelle...that is brilliant. I would never in a bazillion years have thought of that. And yet now that you've said it, it seems glaringly obvious? lol

I think that is part of the definition of genius. When someone invents something...oh, say, the pull-top of a soda can that stays on the can...battery-operated baby swings...VCR's...paper clips...it all seems patently obvious, as if we all should have thought of it. Yet, before someone actually thought of it, no one did (or followed it through).

Did you try out the yellow green/burgundy combo yet? Or are you still avoiding eyeshadow? It sounds quite intriguing.

I'll have to admit, I got rid of the lipsticks I had before, that didn't look good on their own. I'm too lazy to put on eye makeup sometimes. But I can do lipstick--it has to work on its own.

I have actually had to turn my lipstick around...for the first time in...years. I tend to flatten out one side of it. Now my Jubilee is so flat on one side, I have to use the other side. Well for me it's a milestone. *g*

I'm not going to repurchase Maybelline Sweet Sorbet, but I will use it up. I've decided I rather like Jubilee. I'll want to repurchase that.

Have you tried many of the Lustre formulas? I keep seeing Sophisto mentioned. I'll check out the soupsake site and see what else they have in that formula; I like it.

P.S. What a cool idea for wedding flowers...


posted by TheBroadroom.Net at 9:21 AM (Pacific)

Gerbera daisies! That's what I got! They were absolutely gorgeous. I love this kind of flower. They look so natural and unpretentious. And they last forever too. They're still going strong at home. They've been drinking up their water and they're almost as beautiful as when I got them.

I can't take credit for the flower inspiration. Can't say one person in particular got me to do it but when I read interior decorating articles and beauty articles (fashion or makeup), there are always a few that use nature as inspiration. I'll just take credit for keeping that inspiration in my memory :)


Tuesday, February 10, 2004
posted by TheBroadroom.Net at 10:20 AM (Pacific)

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Monday, February 09, 2004
posted by TheBroadroom.Net at 6:31 PM (Pacific)

Would they have been daisys? or is it daiseys? Forgive me, I can not spell my way out of a paper bag sometimes.
I love Gerbera daisies, thats what your flowers sound like.

Ohhhh, thats pure genius, using flowers for color combos! Love it! Nobody does color combos like mother nature. :)

I noticed that a nearby greenhouse has primroses for sale. I think I'll go get myself some tomorrow. A pot of bright flowers seems like just the thing to brighten up this dull dreary, snowy, cold February we're having.
~carol m~

posted by TheBroadroom.Net at 1:25 PM (Pacific)

Oh! I forgot to mention a few things... You know how my skin is all dry and sensitive around my eyes? Well, I was removing makeup with water (non waterproof mascara so it works). But I'm getting sick of wearing only mascara so I tried using unscented mineral oil to remove my mascara. After two days, my skin was red and irritated which was odd because unscented mineral oil is really gentle. So I went back to water and I started thinking maybe my cotton pads were irritating me. Saturday night, my boyfriend and I went to the opera and I was not to be deterred from wearing eye makeup (I was good though, one eyeshadow, one liner, mascara, and no concealer even though I still had some redness; I did not want to irritate that area any further). When we got home, I used my gel makeup remover but without using the cotton pad. I just rinsed everything off with water. Voila! No irritation!

I still need to wear mostly mascara because I'm trying out my lipsticks. Discovered that MAC Twig doesn't do anything for me when I'm not wearing eye makeup. Discovered that bright reds and pinks do a LOT for my face when wearing no eye makeup. So I want to go through all my lipsticks before I get to eye stuff again.

Speaking of eye makeup, I went to the market with my boyfriend. We bought some flowers. Dang! I forgot the name. Marguerite in French. They're the "he loves me he loves me not" flowers... Anyhow, these ones have a yellow-green center and deep burgundy petals. I want these for my wedding... Anyhow, I want to try something like that on my eyes. A yellow-green like MAC Bitter with a deep burgundy like MAC Sketch or Nars New York (more understated). Maybe even mix in some MAC Fiction or Tarnish to add a deeper green (like the stems). Flowers are my favourite source of colour combination inspiration :) Flowers just know how to be pretty...


posted by TheBroadroom.Net at 11:27 AM (Pacific)

Teehee, I just wanted freckles because I liked them. I wanted one single dimple too (I liked the asymmetry of one lone dimple in on one cheek better). Hmmm, I wanted blue eyes and blonde hair that flips up too. And this was all before I turned 10...

Oh, you said you didn't know what sap green is... Think of evergreens. That's how deep the green is. And it's more yellow than blue. Kind of like a dark olive if I remember correctly. I was using the sap green as an example because all the painting books I've read (not a million but still...) name sap green as being one of your basic colours.

Ok, so I haven't said much about my stash reduction. Where was I? Oh yeah, I'd done Chanel and Urban Decay. I was getting rid of Chanel Stellaires quad and giving Chanel Nymphea one last go around to see if I really truly need it. That quad itself is so pretty. And that's how they get me sometimes. I'll see a quad or trio or even duo and the colours look so pretty next to each other that sometimes, maybe 5% of the time, I'll buy it. Then, I realize I had 2 of the 4 colours at home... I need to stop that. It only happens when I do some impulse buying or when I decide to buy something without really knowing what I want to get. So the solution is just: no more impulse buying.

OK, so next brand. What about... Nars?

Sin blush: definite keeper. It's more of a special occasion blush but I'm deeply in love with it. It gives me a sophisticated and sexy flush.

Bombshell shadow: haven't worn eyeshadow in a long time so I'm going by memory. This was a frosty grey but with a cool beige undertone. I got it because it looked so special and unique. In fact, I haven't had it for very long and haven't experimented enough with. My gut feeling is it's extremely versatile. Verdict: keeper until next purge (that'll be goodness knows when).

Istanbul eye khol: gorgeous medium blue. Cool, has a bit of a purple undertone. I'm not used to medium blues as liner but it's truly beautiful (got it because of Dain). So with Bombshell: keeper until next purge. I just need more time with it.

Emotional Rescue palette: has Orgasm blush, Cannes multiple, shadows in Lulu, Notorious, Night Fairy, and Himalayas, lipsticks in Dolce Vita, Tanganyka, Captiva, and Tobago. The blush is great for a pop of colour. I wouldn't buy a full size of it but this size is good. Cannes is a very nice rosy brown colour that can be used as blush, shadow, and lipstick. Problem is, creams crease on my lids and the texture is a bit dry on the lips for my taste. Great blush though :) Again, I wouldn't buy a full size but this is good. I love all the shadows in this palette. Lulu is a dark purple that's sheer enough to be able to do crease work. Notorious is a medium grey with a pearly sheen (beautiful). Himalayas is white with a pink iridescence (great highlight colour), and Night Fairy is light lilac with glitter (gold or silver, I forget). Notorious is the only one I would get a full size of but I wouldn't want to get rid of the others either. And the lipsticks are great. Keep in mind that I can't apply them from the tube because they're in a palette. Captiva is a dark red-plum colour. Very pretty when applied as a stain. I'd get that in a full size. Dolce Vita is a nice warmish browned pink on me. Great neutral. Tanganyka and Tobago are both browned berry shades on me, one being shimmery and the other not but a bit darker. Love them all. Verdict: this palette is a definite keeper.

Lust for Life palette: Has blushes is Amour and Mata Hari, eyeshadow duo in Tokyo, eyeshadow in New York, and lipsticks in Dolce Vita, Fire Down Below, and Pigalle. Amour is too orange for me and I don't need Mata Hari when I have Dandelion. Tokyo duo looks a lot like two shadows I got in a Lancome GWP. The darker mauve colour is very nice but I can't see myself using the light grey one. Besides, if I ever wanted it, it's in the Lancome GWP compact (along with the second shadow and a blush). Then, there's New York. It's kind of like a cross between MAC Sketch and MAC Blackberry. So a dark burgundy/mauve colour. I love love love this colour. For the lipsticks, Fire Down Below is a great red but I already have MAC Redwood (less drying) and UD Gash. I don't wear red THAT much. Dolce Vita is in the Emotional Rescue palette and Pigalle is too brown for me. And drying too. So, verdict: Lust for Life is gone. I only like the New York shadow so if I find myself really missing it, I could get a full size. It's worth it. And besides, this kit would also look great on my sister...

So one more item gone. I'm keeping way more than I'm getting rid of but that was to be expected. I'm feeling good about the progress I'm making! It'll feel liberating to have my stash down to only products I adore and "need".


Saturday, February 07, 2004
posted by TheBroadroom.Net at 6:26 PM (Pacific)

Hmmm...I wanted freckles too. I thought they would make me look more all-American. :) Besides, two of my buds had freckles.

Naaaaowwww...I have not heard anything about SK. There are certain items that I dearly love in the SK line.

Of course there are the brushes...most of my brushes are in fact, SK. Then there are certain shadows. Starlight is the best I think.

How bout Azzura?

I really like that one. It's just a really odd, eccentric perfume that I've never smelled on anyone else.

It has a lot of orange in it. And some other stuff (I'm terrible at figuring out what's actually in perfumes).

Givenchy Extravagance is another very nice, spring/summer perfume.

And L'eau d'Issey. And...Tommy Girl? I had a sample of that, I'm trying to remember what it smells like. I think it was light and flowery.

Those are where I would start (I also love the process of finding as much as actually owning the dang thing).

Oh...and L'Interdit. That's sweeter than the aforementioned but it smells good too.


posted by TheBroadroom.Net at 7:02 AM (Pacific)

Anybody heard anything about the Sonia Kasuk M/U line at Target? Mine had almost every single item in the display clearance marked. The only things that weren't were the brushes. I wonder if its just going to be a major overhaul? I'd hate to see the line go, I like it. I don't buy alot from it, but I like it that its been kept small and simple. The huge sprawl of all the other drugstore lines just overwhelms me at times.

I bought the Revlon lipgloss "Cherries in the Glow" yesterday, put a review of it up on LP too.

I figured out the one mineral eyeshadow in my BE collection is almost a dead ringer for my alltime favorite Jane eyeshadow PrettyinPink. Its just a hair cooler and a itsybitsy more "glowy". PIP was dead flat matte. Ohhh, whats the BE name? Pure? I think. It just melts into my eyelids, you don't see color really, just brightness.

I'm gonna seriously need a new spring/summer perfume and I have no idea where to begin the search. Indecence is wayyyyy to much when the weather starts to warm. Not that thats going to happen anytime soon, but it'll probably take me forever to find something (if anything) I like, so I figured I'd start hunting now. That's the fun part for me anyways, the thrill of the hunt.
~carol m.~

Friday, February 06, 2004
posted by TheBroadroom.Net at 11:29 AM (Pacific)

Oh, just a quick note... I have no freckles. As a kid I always wanted them. Thought they were cute. Later on learned that a lot of people think you should cover up freckles. Found that confusing. How's that for telegraphic writing? Anyhow, check out the Bobbi Brown site. The model for their Spring collection has tons of freckles. Very pretty.


posted by TheBroadroom.Net at 11:05 AM (Pacific)


Things have changed a lot since I was growing up. In the 70's - early 80's period, in the South, I would say most women wore a lot of makeup. And, if you read the beauty magazines (I certainly did), they always had a set routine for you to follow.

The thing is that it's not individual. What works, or is necessary, for one woman, will not work nor be necessary for the next.

I wore plain old foundation for a very long time...I liked it It was either L'Oreal or Almay...since drugstores tend to switch formulas, I always checked out those two brands first and picked something from either (L'Oreal's colors were better than Almay though).

The liquid L'Oreal foundations never give "full" coverage though. I used to think that was kinda bad...because I'd read magazines and the model's skin in them was always absolutely perfect. No freckles, no undereye circles, yadda yadda...

I remember this one day very well. It was years ago. My husband was looking at a picture of the model Carre Otis.

Thinking back on it, it was a beautiful picture. I don't think she was wearing any foundation at all. I don't even remember if she was wearing makeup. It was just a clean, perfect, glowing picture.

Then he took this Chanel ad pic...you know, the flawless complexion ones...and asked me which one I thought looked better.

I was really confused. I mean...all of my life, I have somehow felt that skin should look the way it did in the Chanel pic. Not where you can see freckles. :)

Finally he said that he preferred the Carre Otis pic. I can admit I was surprised.

Since then...I have pondered, off and on, the whole makeup mystique. The Chanel pic, was targeted toward me. The idea being that I would strive to attain that flawless complexion look.

But--the Carre Otis pic may well have been targeted more towards men.

Both faces were naturally beautiful, there's no doubt about it. But the heavily made-up face...the one we're taught is most attractive to men...lost out to the face with next to no makeup on it...when tested on an actual man.

Anyhow back to the individual thing.

The ideal mouth in the 70's was a sort of small, well-shaped, kinda WASP-y :) mouth. I could never do that. It just did not work for me.

My lips are naturally full. Only recently, when full lips became the thing, did I ever consider that having such lips just might be an asset.

But they're the same lips! Did they become more beautiful? No. The times changed, that's all.

I used to hate my eyes. Looking back on it, the ideal eyes from that period are Caucasian type eyes--nice big eyes, big lids, nice crease, yadda yadda...

My eyes have a definite almond shape to them. I have a crease, but it's not a big dramatic crease.

In short, following the same makeup tips for Caucasian eyes--put a medium eyeshadow on the lids, deep shade in crease, light shade to highlight--never worked for me.

The medium shade on the lids, makes my small eyelids next to disappear. I get a beady-eyed appearance.

Doing a full crease with a deep color, likewise, does not work. It only works if you have more crease to begin with.

Light shade to highlight...not a bad idea, but again, it doesn't apply to me. My browbones don't need highlighting. I like to put a little bit of a highlight color right under the arch of my eyebrows, or else nothing.

Lining...we were taught to line the entire eye. Women wore eyeliner all the way around the eyes back then.

But for me that doesn't work either. I rarely line the entire upper lid--just the outer third or so. And I never line the lower lid at all.

Mascara--is supposed to be a required cosmetic. But I don't like mascara. So I don't use it.

I have Asian eyelashes--they're straight. I stood out when I was a kid in Virginia. I was the only "white" girl in the class with straight eyelashes.

And I have Asian eyebrows. They aren't heavy like Caucasian eyebrows. So the advice about how to pluck and shape your eyebrows, never applied to me.

Basically it took me a while, but I concluded that no one race was the standard of beauty. Having all-Caucasian features, or contorting my own features to try to make them look Caucasian, would not necessarily make me beautiful.

I mean it took me years and years to understand that...that there was a whole world out there. That conforming to a narrow set of standards was...stupid.

I suppose it hit me most when I came out here to California. Because California is...California.

That was the first time in my life that I ever saw, up close, so many different kinds of people. It was dizzying at first.

And Northern Cal is different from Southern Cal. In SoCal, people are very into makeup..and they're good at it. Northern California has more of the natural look. But California overall, particularly at that time...was a revelation to me.

The people were...wealthy. This was the height of the California gravy train and the height of Hong Kong. More than wealthy...they were sophisticated. They looked good. I was very impressed.

Of course all of that has changed now. When Hong Kong went back to China, I was amazed at how quickly the Hong Kong Chinese disappeared. In less than a year's time...those beautiful, sophisticated people...who had come from Shanghai to begin with (I have no idea where they were before then)--simply vanished.

More slowly, the rest of the people of San Francisco changed too. I don't like going there now. What can I say? The place has changed. I still see a lot of the San Franciscans, but usually not in San Francisco.

Oh well. What was I talking about?

Oh yeah. It was at that point that I started to realize how brainwashed I really was.

Why had I thought I would have to become something I'm not, in order to be beautiful?

Was it that easy to brainwash people? Just go around repeating the same thing over and over again...that such-and-such coloring or features were beautiful--perhaps more beautiful than such-and-such coloring and features?

On what basis?

Since then...yes, I have been fascinated by these concepts.

One is that what women think is attractive to men--may well be more attractive to women than to men.

e.g. the "flawless complexion" is a concept that is much more sold to women than it is to men.

Two is the notion that people--women particularly--their idea of what is beautiful, can be so easily determined by...marketing. Women particularly because the marketing is much more aimed at us.

Three is what a waste of time it is, to try conforming to what someone else tells you is beautiful, rather than thinking for yourself.

That is today's deep thought. :)


posted by TheBroadroom.Net at 5:26 AM (Pacific)

I think I understand you and it sounds a lot like my philosophy. I've always worn concealer on pimples but I've never tried to cover them up completely, just mute the redness a bit. And when I wear tinted moisturizer or powder, the idea is not to change the texture of my skin but to just even out the skintone. You can still see my skin. I always run my face by my boyfriend when I wear tinted moisturizer. If he says he can't tell I'm wearing something on my face, then I know I did it right.

Hmmm, other thing about me, I do have some odd pigmentation on one part of my face. It's an area with brownish spots. It's on the side of my jaw so it hardly shows (most of it is on the underside). I don't bother covering it up. In fact, lately, I haven't been wearing anything other than mascara, blush, and lipstick. I don't consider my face perfect at all. In fact, I have a scar in the middle of my forehead. I'm just OK with how my skin looks, imperfections and all. Hey, men have imperfect skin too but most of them don't do a darned thing about it!

I've gone through periods where I thought some things necessary. Things like filling in the eyebrows, using undereye concealer, powder, etc. But you know what? This always because some MA said so. And they must know right? Nah, I don't think they do.

I'm young so I feel a bit ridiculous saying this but I want to age gracefully. Still not sure I'll be colouring my hair later on but definitely no face lift or botox for me. I find there's beauty in wrinkles. Especially when wisdom has come with them. I don't like it when people fight aging every step of the way. Youth isn't all that...

I'm also bothered by people who look completely different with and without makeup (stage makeup excepted here). It's hard to put a finger on exactly why but it's bothersome. I think for me, it's the message that what you really are isn't good enough.


Thursday, February 05, 2004
posted by TheBroadroom.Net at 6:08 PM (Pacific)

I'm realizing that sounds rather nebulous.

I mean part of the purpose of makeup, is to emphasize some features and de-emphasize others. In the bitwise sense :) it is a mask.

I've been working like a slave on getting rid of my adult acne...and it is much better. I can forget on some days that I have it. But I always feel more comfortable with my tinted franken-sunscreen and powder on. I just do.

It is more the notion...that I think it is okay for women to have flaws. Not that we shouldn't try to improve our looks.

Does that make any sense?

At one point...I feel that too much becomes too much. I don't know how to put it. When I do my makeup in the morning, I always leave some flaws showing. I like to obscure flaws but not obliterate them.

In that sense...it still hasn't bothered me yet that I'm getting old. It should bother me. I should look in the mirror and cry. :) But I don't. I just keep on coloring my hair. lol

It would freak me out to do Botox. I don't want to look like a 20-year-old.

Does that make more sense? I find it disturbing to...look completely different with makeup on. I'm not talking about the obvious stuff like covering up acne. I've covered mine up...it doesn't bother me to do that.

posted by TheBroadroom.Net at 10:01 AM (Pacific)

Is this cool or what???????? link

Erm...just had to share. I have to write the guy back. I just think it's a cool site.

Ah, Dain. Dain is...a cosmetic genius.

I don't often use the word "genius." Recently, Johnny Depp is a cinematic genius, or at least is becoming one. Jackie Chan is a known cinematic genius. You have to be able to change people's lives...in a permanent way...in a way that no one else has ever done.

So aside from all the hyperbole, I do think Dain is a genuine cosmetic genius.

To be fair, the cosmetics industry can't endorse minimalism, or even admit that there is such a thing. The industry's bread and butter is selling the notion that you can be beautiful if you buy and use a lot of makeup.

Of course that is not actually true. Women who buy and use a lot of makeup, do not actually look better than women who don't. I mean it's not proportional. At some point, it makes no difference...owning 50 eyeshadows can be the same, as Raphaelle pointed out, as owning 10. If you try putting all 50 on at the same time :) then it's actually counter-productive.

i.e. there is a distinct point when more is...less.

I have to think that maximalism...ugh another ism :) has little to do with the purported purpose of wearing makeup. i.e. to make oneself look more attractive, particularly more attractive to men. Most men I've known...do not like the "mask of makeup" look. Some dislike it more than others...and all men I've known, like some makeup on women. But not the mask.

So what is the mask? If it's not attractive to men, then to whom is it attractive? What is the function of the mask?



posted by TheBroadroom.Net at 6:37 AM (Pacific)

My turn.

When I first discovered/rediscovered makeup I went through a time of wanton shopping/buying/searching/wanting. Anything new, I wanted. Anything I read about on the makeup boards or in a 'zine, I wanted. It was such a high, such a thrill. I loved the searches through the drugstores, the trips to the mall, packages from Sephora. I'd thought I'd died and went to heaven when I first gazed upon the cosmetic section at Nordies. I was on such a make-up high, such a rush. I was like an alcoholic on a major binge. Thats exactly what it was, a binge that lasted, ohhhhhh, a good year at least, maybe two. I started seeing the same old things being repackaged and resold. Spring=pastels, summer=bronzes and golds, Fall= deep colors, plums and reds. That sort of thing.

I "woke up" to this incredible waste of money and time, not to mention this huge mountain of "crap" on my dresser, in my bathroom, closet and drawers. Out of all of it I realized I only REALLY used a small handful of products. Dain's philosophy highly, highly influenced me at this time too. I went from being a junkie to someone who realized I only really need 3 eyeshadows and 3 lipsticks.

I'm not only a minimalist in makeup, but in most other aspects of my life also; clothing, decorating my home, etc. At first I was thinking that the fact that Josie and I are older and have children are at least part of the reason we lean towards the "less is more" philosophy but then I thought of Dain, she kinda defuncts that theory.

Interesting thoughts, ladies. Thanks.
~carol m.~

posted by TheBroadroom.Net at 5:32 AM (Pacific)

Why is it impossible for me to be a minimalist? Hmmm, I think it may be because makeup serves two purposes for me.

One is the same as most people: to enhance my looks. Now, if this were the only reason for me to wear makeup, I would probably have about the same amount of stuff as Josie. I'd keep the MAC Bare Canvas for an eyeshadow base, Lancome Black Coffee khol, Benefit Dandelion, something like Nars Dolce Vita, something like MAC Craving or MAC VivaGlamIV, and maybe a red lipstick too, and then for eyeshadow, a couple purples, a couple pinks, a couple neutrals (say, MAC Mauvism, Nars Lulu, MAC Mink Pink, MAC Yogurt, Benefit me, Myself & I, MAC Wedge). Maybe a few more like MAC Petalescent, Benefit Check's In the Mail, and MAC Haux but that's it. I can do loads of flattering looks with just these things. But...

Second purpose of makeup in my life: fun! I've always been a colour freak. I'll go to an art store and browse for hours. The paints are especially attractive to me but I like everything coloured: paper, pastels, everything! I could buy the whole place up! And when I paint, I love just seeing all the colours laid out on my palette. I get this overwhelming sense of possibility. So much that I can do with these colours! Mix them to create new ones, put them next to each other, etc. I get the same feeling when I visit a MAC counter (the feeling isn't quite as pronounced at other makeup counters because they have a smaller range of colours). The possibilities are endless! I don't have a lot of time to paint and draw on a daily basis so I think that makeup actually serves as my artistic outlet. I have time for it in the morning and it doesn't take a lot of space like oil-painting does. And that's why I can't be a minimalist. If you're going to "paint", you're going to need blue. And tons of other colours.

Even when using makeup like paint (and I don't mean caking it on; I don't do that), there are some colours that either don't work (because when working with a face, the "canvas" already has some colour that you have to work with) or aren't necessary because they can be reproduced with a combination of other colours. As of now, I'm trying to reduce my stash not to what I would need if I used makeup only to enhance my looks, but to what I really need and can use as someone who paints with her makeup...

I'm still attracted to the notion of minimalism. It creates somewhat of a signature look that I like. It gives a lasting impression. And it's more "zen", less clutter. But if I tried to be a minimalist, it wouldn't work. It would be going against character. Just like I have different styles when I dress and wouldn't be able to stick to just one... It's just that dressing and makeup are a creative outlet for me...


Wednesday, February 04, 2004
posted by TheBroadroom.Net at 3:40 PM (Pacific)

I have never actually thought of that.

I suppose...I feel there should be a formula.

I had to throw away a lot of my lipsticks, before. Before I had to do that, I didn't realize that I would have to do that. I mean I didn't comprehend how long it takes to make a dent in, much less use up, that many lipsticks. And that a good number of them would go bad before I could do so.

That's not quite logical since, if the lipsticks were much smaller, I would not have to worry about it. It is just that it bothered me to have to throw so many away. I felt it was wasteful.

After that, I started thinking in terms of a formula. How many lipsticks you could own, without ever having to throw one away.

It's subtler with shadows or other powder products since they last that much longer. I had a couple SK shadows go funny on me, but they're $5 apiece so it isn't heartbreaking.

Still I feel there is a formula for that too. If shadows last longer, you can have more of them, but it's not infinite.

I have 10 shadows now, right? I've made the most dent in the Vapour. Next would be Shroom.

Sable has hardly been used, since I can only line with it, and I line just the outer corners of my upper lids (doesn't take much shadow to do that). I can do a crease with it but that's a lot of makeup for me.

Swish has a teeny dent in it. Laven-dah!...I must use that more often.

Samoa Silk and Silly Goose are almost new so no dents there.

Damson has a teeny dent in it. Ditto Clover Pink and Taupe.

So--will I have to pitch any of these? They're all good shadows; I use them all. They combine well with each other also. But I have yet to know how long my powder shadows will last. I've been buying makeup since 1998 and, aside from those SK's (which I could probably have rescued if they weren't so cheap), I have not had to throw out a shadow.

Ergo...the number of what I own, is important to me. It's not going to be, for the next person.

The number, I feel, will be determined by how many of something I can own and use and never have to throw away any.

Now I know it's different for Dain. I think of her as more of a purist. :)

i.e. I think the number to her is irrelevant. If one needs thirty eyeshadows, then thirty eyeshadows it is.

But does one need thirty eyeshadows? Dain is convinced it can all boil down to one. Or two.

Hence it becomes more of a search for the Holy Grail. If you can own only two shadows, say, then those two shadows have to be the best, most flattering, most versatile shadows.

That's too mind-bending for me. :) I prefer the formula approach.

That is also why I'm tending to wait before buying any new shadows. How long does it really take to use up ten shadows?

Only the shadow knows...OMG what a bad pun.

Now it's your time. What is it about minimalism that appeals to you? How do you go about it?


posted by TheBroadroom.Net at 2:55 PM (Pacific)

ahhhh, yes.....
the evil influence of our minimalism. :)
Thats funny.

Now you've given me a thought to ponder upon.
Why am I drawn to minimalism?

Why are you, Jose?
Why is Raphaelle not?

Don't feel required to answer, but please do if you so wish.

~carol m.

posted by TheBroadroom.Net at 12:43 PM (Pacific)

Okay as long as our evil influence isn't involved. :)

Well I was just joking about giving me stuff! I'm sure your sister can use whatever ends up on the swap pile. Or you can literally swap it. It's expensive stuff.

Hummm...sap green. lol I have no clue what sap green is. I can handle stuff like combining a taupe shadow with a rose shadow. Or a green shadow with a taupe shadow. Or...well...I haven't come up with anything new lately.

I'm thinking of getting something new, but when? Lipstick is out of the question. I'll wait until I've used one of mine up. I'm not in a hurry...

Eyeshadow...let's see the bottom of one of my pans first.

That's really it. I thought I'd get Sublime at scentiments.com. And maybe L'Interdit. But now I'm not in a hurry there either. I'm still letting my first order sink in.

Maybe I can live vicariously through your stash clean-up. :)


Tuesday, February 03, 2004
posted by TheBroadroom.Net at 5:08 PM (Pacific)

I do have loooots! Actually, the reason I want to get rid of some stuff is that there's so much that I just never wear. Or rather, I always make an effort to wear everything but there are some things that I just don't WANT to wear. I figure, why keep those? I'm quite a bit of a hoarder. Takes me forever to get rid of clothes I don't wear but I actually really hate seeing things that don't get used take up space. And though my goal is to get rid of ten shadows (two quads and a duo = 10 ya know so it's not as hard as it seems), I won't let them go without trying them on at least once more. And all makeup that I'm considering giving away will go in a bag and stay there until it finds a better home. So I'll have plenty of time to change my mind :) Also, I want to find good homes. I want my makeup to go to people who would appreciate it and use it. So if I mention something you think you'd use, then sure! I'll give it to you!

Another reason I want to get rid of some stuff is there are still some items out there that I want. Like a medium green. Ya know, it's like when you paint, there are some colours you have to have. Like sap green. You can't make your own sap green. But then, you don't need the pink because you can make your own pink quite easily. Same thing here. I want to get rid of the "pinks" and buy the missing "sap greens".

I'll do the Chanel count now...

Glossimer in Pin-Up: definitely keep this. Would probably not repurchase because the glitter is kind of gritty but the colour is great. I actually wear this quite a bit.

Aqualumieres palette: keeping this too despite the fact I don't use it that much. Why? It's just so pretty! There's a gorgeous copper in there. More brown than orange. And the glosses are great too. I really enjoy using this...

Chanel quad Nymphea: this has a MAC Shroom-esque colour, a frosty chocolate brown, a frosty light and bright green (more yellow than blue), and a frosty peach (quite warm). This I'm considering giving away. Why? Too frosty for my tastes and I'm not crazy about how the shadow goes on. I have a beautiful dark frosty brown (UD Roach), Roach is a bit redder but still. I have some non frosty chocolate browns so I don't need this one. The green is a cross between MAC Overtint Green and MAC Bitter. So I can mix those and get the right green. And I don't wear peach a whole lot. I have two other peaches that I love (MAC Hush and the Pout Miss November duo peach). This quad needs a final run-through though. Maybe I'll end up wanting to keep it. To be fair, I haven't worn it in over 6 months... It needs a last trial run.

Chanel quad in Stellaires: this has a gorgeous cool yellow gold. Quite the perfect gold for me. And then it has a frosty MAC Sketch colour, a frosty pink and a frosty copper (this one way more orange than the one from Aqualumieres). The copper looks odd on me and the pink is one of those shades I have to be extra careful with. And then, I already have Sketch. Besides, I'm thinking this quad would look smashing on my sister. It does have the perfect gold but I could most likely find something similar in another brand. I also have a gold loose powder that might do the trick when I need a gold.

Verdict on the Chanel: Stellaires is definitely going and Nymphea needs to be tried again. See? That's already 4 shadows gone! And maybe 4 more after that... The best is I know I won't miss the Stellaires quad. I haven't worn it in a long time and I have no desire to wear it. The Nymphea I would feel guilty about if I just gave it away without trying it one last time.

And you know what? Whether I really give stuff away or not, it's really fun to do this exercise. It has me thinking long and hard about my stash. Keeps me organized, shows me what's missing (umm, yeah, there is stuff missing) and what's superfluous. If I'm going to have lots of stuff, it had better be stuff I use!


posted by TheBroadroom.Net at 1:28 PM (Pacific)

Waaaaaaaaa... *distant thunk of jaw hitting floor*

You have a looooooooot of stuuuuuuuuuffffff.

However--do not let our discussions of minimalism, influence you too much. It is really individual.

I have a lot of clothes. There was a time in my life when, simply, I bought a lot of clothes.

I still have the clothes. It doesn't bother me to have so many.

I went through once and got rid of stuff I knew I'd never wear, and that wasn't good enough to save for my daughter. Otherwise--I put everything in a closet. I never think of discarding any of it.

Powder eyeshadow keeps well. As long as you wash your brushes regularly (and no doubt you do), store the shadows in a non-humid environment (i.e. keep them out of the bathroom), they last for years and years.

I've even heard of people putting a few drops of rubbing alcohol on the surface of the shadow...I've never done this. Supposedly freshens the shadow. You can also scrape a thin layer off the top...I've done that with powder blush.

In short--the main reasons to try reducing a stash should be...

1.) There's so much crap in there, you can't find what you want.

2.) You have no idea what works for you and what doesn't, anymore.

3.) Stuff is going bad--need to toss!

4.) Drugstore makeup--it's easier to toss since it's cheaper.

That is really it.

My best advice to you, regarding the 50 shadows, is to keep them. Let them die of attrition. (This is assuming you're not having storage issues and can find what you're looking for in the morning.)

Naaaaaowwwww...I went through something like that. i.e. there was so much crap, I couldn't find what I wanted. I didn't know anymore what worked for me and what didn't. I had lots of drugstore so I didn't have a coronary over pitching it. And much of it--lipsticks in particular--was going bad.

So the first go-round was just opening up everything and testing it. All of my powder products passed this test. Many of my lipsticks didn't. Some actually smelled bad. Some, the color had changed. Many had dried out. I hate that.

Drugstore products that weren't getting much wear--out.

What was left, I kept. The stash was already much smaller than before.

Then--gradually--I kept going through what I had left. If it was something that didn't work--expensive or not--I put it aside. If it really didn't fly, it was outta there.

A few products went bad in the process--out.

Eventually I ended up with my current stash. Let's see. I have:

1.) 3 TBS shadows--Clover Pink, Taupe, Damson
2.) 7 MAC shadows--Samoa Silk, Silly Goose, Shroom, Vapour, Sable, Laven-dah!, Swish
3.) 1 blush--MAC Blushbaby
4.) 3 eyepencils--Revlon Brown Suede, L'Oreal Raisin, MAC Wine
5.) 2 lipsticks--MAC Jubilee and Maybelline Sweet Sorbet

That is basically it. I still have some odd stuff...Bonne Bell Gotta Date? , I still have MAC Delish but I'll need to franken it, the Cream Colour Base in Pearl, etc.

That makes for 10 shadows, 1 blush, 3 eyepencils, 2 lipsticks.

Now...I realized at one point, that if I continued to buy more shadows and lipsticks, that I would never actually use anything up. Ever.

So I decided to stop buying them.

The eyeshadows--the last shadows I *might* buy would be a blue one and a yellow one.

But is it essential? Do I miss not having a blue one and a yellow one? I don't even own a gold one and I don't care. The Shroom works well enough here.

So--the key is to stop the acquisition. Rather than be in a hurry to pitch stuff.

Anyhow that's my philosophy on it.

Of course, if you're going to give me all that stuff...then go ahead and buy buy buy! I'll take whatever doesn't work out for you! lol Just kidding.

You've got to try glycerin soap! The one I got is really good. It's Avalon Organics.

Purpose moisturizer works well too...or plain jojoba oil.

I generally don't do fancy skincare...I've had adult acne for so long, I have to stick with the simplest, least-irritating products. My skin freaks out too easily.

I will guess your skin will get better on its own, especially if the weather gets warmer (indoor heating is extremely drying). But do put some sort of non-irritating moisturizer on it, I think.


posted by TheBroadroom.Net at 5:37 AM (Pacific)

The kit sounds really great! I can't stick to just one brand or whatever for makeup. I can't be a minimalist. I've tried. I can't. So there. Which brings me to my latest obession...

I'm still having a hard time with my undereye area and the browbone area. They're still dry and flaky. Not irritated and red at least but I'm still afraid of eyeshadow and liner. I've discovered my eye makeup remover does irritate me a teensy little bit. It normally doesn't but I'm guessing my skin is more sensitive right now. So I'm still wearing only mascara. I can wash that away with just water so it's not irritating.

It's been over three weeks since I've last worn eyeshadow and that has me wanting to revise my stash. I have something like 50 shadows. I kid you not. I am counting quads as 4 shadows and all but still. It's a phenomenal amount. And I was wanting a few more shadows too! So I've been thinking of the stash and wanting to reduce it. Then, I realized that I've tried to do this several times. I'll start by pretending I don't have some shadows. I'll want to see how I get on without these seemingly unnecessary shadows. But then, a day will come up when I absolutely need one of those shadows for a specific look. And so and so forth until I really need all my shadows. Pathetic, I know.

Going through my stash again though, my goal will be to get rid of a few things (not just shadows but they're what I'm concentrating on). Maybe a total of 10 shadows? I don't want to be too ambitious here :) I'm going to need to use this blog to discuss it though. I'm thinking of concentrating on a few things at a time. Why? Because I don't have the time to go through 50 shadows at once!

Today: my Urban Decay stuff. An easy one because I know I'm keeping it all. It consists of a lipgunk in Gash which I'm completely in love with (can be used sheerly for a very subtle look but can be very dramatic too; also love the taste). Also in the stash is a face case. That has 4 shadows, 4 lip products, and a blush. The 4 shadows are X, Roach, Midnight Cowboy, and Polyester Bride. I wouldn't purchase Polyester Bride or Midnight Cowboy because of the glitter fallout problem (gets all over the place!) but I will be able to make good use of the small quantities in the palette. X and Roach however, I would definitely purchase. X is a warm frosty pink and Roach is a warm frosty brown. In fact, Roach may be the best dark brown in my kit. The lip products are Gash lipstick, Biker lipgunk, Paranoid lipgunk, and Carney gloss. The only one I wouldn't repurchase is Paranoid. Gash is just such a great red. Pinky on me so it might fuchsia on those given to fuchsia-ing but I love it. Bright cool colours light up my face. Biker is a great beige and I have nothing like it. Carney is a very sheer pink with glitter. That leaves the blush. I'd repurchase it if it weren't for the fact that I'll probably never use up the whole thing. It's also very similar to Nars Orgasm (X is more pink and more pigmented). I can't justify having both and I can't get rid of the Nars (more on that when I get to the Nars stash).

So keeping all the UD stuff. Isn't much of a reduction of the stash, is it? Just you wait till I get to Nars and MAC! I've already figured out what might leave my stash...